Hey guys, wanted to keep you posted on my progress. I am 8 weeks post thoracotomy/corpectomy.
Background: 3 years after a severe burst fracture destroyed my L2 vertebrae, I had a complex surgery to repair the damage- including full removal of the L2 vertebral body, insertion of a titanium expandable cage, and 360 degree fusion of L1-L3. The corpectomy and anterior fusion were done via thoracotomy. The posterior fusion was minimally invasive.
Anyway, 8 weeks later, I am having *very* little discomfort from the thoracotomy! I occasionally get a twinge when breathing very deep, but usually not. I still am completely numb across the left part of my abdomen, but no nerve pain so far. It does make it difficult to engage those muscles sometimes.
Of course, I still hurt other places, but the thoracotomy isn't an issue at all.
I will say that when I started PT about 3 weeks ago, my PT spent some time working on the scar to break up adhesions, and I am really convinced that made a big difference!